Mariska Majoor (1968) was born in Hilversum and started working as a prostitute when she was 16. At first in a “private house” brothel and later behind a window in the Red Light District. At that age, her life was centred mainly on the street and bars. Mariska does not view this period negatively. It was simply her lifestyle. Working in the sex industry was almost a logical step during that boisterous time of her life. At one point, she needed money to buy a dog and thought that sex work was an excellent way of doing that.
During the time she worked in the sex industry, she didn’t think much about the “how and why”. She saw it as work, called it that and was very satisfied with the high earnings.
However, Mariska was bothered by the non-understanding and denigrating looks of passers by in the Red Light District. She only realized much later that the rest of the world did not see sex work as something as “normal” as she saw it. Mariska stopped working as a prostitute and opened the Prostitution Information Centre (PIC) in 1994.
During recent years, Mariska has published the magazines “Pleasure Guide” and “De Rode Lantaarn” (the red lantern) as well the books “Als sex werken wordt” (when sex becomes work) and “De Wallen in Beeld” (the Red Light District in pictures). She also participates in various consultative bodies and has also involved in the many political consultations that have been held during recent years in the Netherlands.
You can order Mariska’s book ‘When sex becomes work’ via this website or buy the latest edition (december 2015) in the PIC. E-version on Amazon!
Projects during recent years include a prostitution manifestation on Amsterdam’s Dam Square, the Red Light District open days, self-defence training in the form of street theatre and possibly the most important of all: the placement of the statue “Belle”.
Mariska gives weekly lectures and presentations about prostitution and the Red Light District in the PIC. She is present at the PIC on most openinghours. She also gives individual workshops that give insight into the world of window prostitution by appointment.
Since 2015 she is chair of the new union for sex workers: PROUD.